Herbalist Letha Hadady says in Chinese herbal culture ingesting holly can be good for your heart, chest pains and circulation.
Thats why the Christmas sprig has been used in capsules for centuries.
Meanwhile, mistletoe is good for more than just an excuse for smooching. When taken internally, it relaxes the body and opens the spirit, which Hadady says accounts for the desire to kiss under the mistletoe.
Also, Hadady says eating peppermint is good for your digestive system just so long as its real peppermint and not just a sugary candy-cane you munch on.
To avoid the holiday sniffles, Hadady says pine oils and extracts are perfect for killing germs and suggests drinking a small drop of it in a glass of water to help fight the flu.
However, Hadady warns against eating the herbs raw as they can be poisonous if not prepared properly.
More information on holiday herbal remedies can be found in Hadadys new book, Feed Your Tiger (Rodale), currently in stores.
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